Friday, March 5, 2010

"Moonlight" on an Old Piano

Ever wondered what the Moonlight Sonata would have sounded like on the piano Beethoven used for composing? More than a little different, and possibly more haunting. You can hear this and other examples are in this article from Slate magazine. (Of course, as the part-owner of a Steinway piano I shouldn't be posting an article that questions the value of my most valuable household item ... but self-interest is not the only interest!)

1 comment:

Deanna said...

Very haunting. One has to wonder if there is a market for a CD featuring this kind of material for serious classical music buffs. But then again, other instruments (like the violin, for example) have not changed as much in the last 300 years - and some of those instruments still get played in big performances occasionally.